Standalone Sunday :: 12/18/16

Happy Sunday, everyone! It’s been such a busy, busy day for me. This is literally the first time I’ve been able to actually sit down and relax. And it’s already 10pm. Craziness! But even though Sunday is almost over, it’s still not too late to post another Standalone Sunday! Which novels were recommended this week?


Standalone Sunday is a feature created by yours truly where each Sunday we will feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend! There’s tons of focus on books that are part of a series… I thought it’d be nice to focus on some standalone novels, too!

Feel free to join in on this weekly feature by creating your own Standalone Sunday post! And you’re more than welcome to use the image I created. Link to your post in the comments below or make sure you link back to this post so I can check it out and add you down below!

25868918Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Reader, I murdered him.

A Gothic retelling of Jane Eyre.

Like the heroine of the novel she adores, Jane Steele suffers cruelly at the hands of her aunt and schoolmaster. And like Jane Eyre, they call her wicked – but in her case, she fears the accusation is true. When she flees, she leaves behind the corpses of her tormentors.

A fugitive navigating London’s underbelly, Jane rights wrongs on behalf of the have-nots whilst avoiding the noose. Until an advertisement catches her eye. Her aunt has died and the new master at Highgate House, Mr Thornfield, seeks a governess. Anxious to know if she is Highgate’s true heir, Jane takes the position and is soon caught up in the household’s strange spell. When she falls in love with the mysterious Charles Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: can she possess him – body, soul and secrets – and what if he discovers her murderous past?

I. Absolutely. Loved. This. Novel! This is supposed to be a retelling of the classic story, Jane Eyre. And although I have never read the original story, I found this retelling absolutely amazing! There’s a creepy, odd vibe that keeps you hooked throughout and the writing is fantastic. This is another great example of why I love Historical Fiction. I highly recommend this novel if you’re looking for a plot driven mystery with a gothic style to it. It’s absolutely worth it!


Standalone Posts Around the Blogosphere

Jess @ Beau Coup Books  Didi @ Didi Oviatt  Beth @ Reading Every Night  Renee @ It’s Book Talk  Kaytlyn @ The Bohemian Bookworm  Azia @ The Uncharted Word  Melissa @ Book Nerd Momo  Nicki @ The Secret Library • Sofii @ A Book. A Thought.  Danielle @ The Blonde Likes Books  Sam @ One Bookish Girl  Ellie @ The Other Side of Reality

Have you read this book? What are some standalone novels you would recommend? If you want to participate in this feature, link up your post in the comments and I’ll add you up top!


67 thoughts on “Standalone Sunday :: 12/18/16

  1. I listened to two standalones this week: Say Goodbye for Now by Catherine Hyde Ryan and Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber. Both were really good books. I will publish the reviews tomorrow.
    Right now, I’m listening to Soldier’s Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian.

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    1. I’d love to finally make time to read Jane Eyre. Hopefully I’ll get to it sometime in the near future. Lol. This book definitely made me wanna read it even more, but I’ve heard many people say it’s not similar enough to Jane Eyre to be considered a retelling. So I don’t know. But I still would like to read it, regardless. Jane Eyre is a classic!


  2. I saw this one around when it was published and don’t know why I didn’t pick it up, I love that first sentence and I’m finding myself reading more and more historical fiction so I’ll definently check this out

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      1. Perhaps! I guess I wouldn’t say I dislike Jane Eyre. I just think Villette is the superior book but most people don’t read that one (because it’s so long, I assume). But just the tag is funny. “Reader, I murdered him.” No, Jane! That hardly seems ethical! 😀

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  3. Been looking forward to reading this since Day 1! I’m going to jump into Jane Eyre first though, just to make sure I have everything I need to really enjoy the full experience. 😛 Great pick! 🙂

    – Lashaan

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  4. Oh, this sounds good!!!
    I have Jane Eyre on my Kindle but haven’t read it yet.. I have read a few interesting retellings this year without reading the original ones, and I have enjoyed all of them..
    But for a change, I want to read the original this time so that I can appreciate and get all the references …

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